Saturday, October 29, 2016

WAITING


"For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." - 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 KJV.  
There are those that have turned to God from idols to the living and true God. They look unto the Lord Jesus, and none else. They know and believe that God has raised Him from the dead, even Jesus. He only is their blessed hope. They wait for the Son from heaven, watching, looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are delivered from sin, death, and the wrath to come. They are not appointed to God's wrath, but unto salvation. They have passed from death to life. They are safe on the Ark of Christ Jesus the Lord. 
There are those that have turned from the true and living God to serve idols. They look into the world for vain and meaningless things. They look away from the Lord Jesus. They could care less that God raised Jesus from the dead. They are without God and have no hope in this world. They are unaware of the soon coming of the Lord, or laugh it off as a fable or a fiction. They are lost in their sins, face death, and are headed headlong into the wrath of the living God. They are dead in their trespasses and sins. They are in grave danger of perishing in their sins. There are those that profess with their lips that they serve God, yet still cling to their precious idols. They love to play church. They know a lot about God, they feign they have faith, but they know not the true and living God. They say in their hearts "The Lord delayeth His coming" while enjoying all the delights of Christendom. They still love the things of this world. They have cold, lifeless religion, but have NOT turned from their idols to serve the true and living God. They follow after another "Jesus". They mind the things of men, the doctrines and traditions of men, and know not they are NOT delivered from the judgment to come. They seem alive, but yet remain dead in their trespasses and sins. They are in the gravest of danger, facing judgement on a very severe level.  
Note the last short phrase of 1 Thessalonians 1:10..."the wrath to come". In Ephesians 5:6-7 KJV we are admonished - "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things (idolatry) cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." Again, "cometh the wrath of God". Yet again...Colossians 3:5-6 KJV -"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:" Note again the phrase "the wrath of God cometh." 
Now to us who are saved to the uttermost by our Lord Jesus Christ, we are not waiting for the wrath of God that is coming. 1 Thessalonians 5:7-9 KJV -"For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." We are not appointed to wrath, but to so great salvation. We are to be looking unto the Lord Jesus our Saviour, waiting for the Son from heaven.
But to those who are lost in the world, a world evil and condemned, still in their natural ruined state, they face the wrath to come, to them "the wrath of God cometh". They have no Deliverer. No hope! To them I say this day, FLEE THE WRATH TO COME. Turn to the true and living God from idols, repent and believe the Gospel. 
To those at ease in Christendom, I admonish to FLEE CHRISTENDOM. This wicked, vile thing also faces the judgment and wrath of the living God. Be not yoked with unbelievers, or yoked with those that are yoked with unbelief, but come out from among them, from among Christendom, false Christianity, and ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE. Do not be partakers with the children of disobedience, those that disobey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not confound organized modern Christendom with the true and living Lord Jesus Himself. Come out of Christendom, come unto the Lord Jesus without the camp, bearing His reproach. 
To this present evil world "cometh the wrath of God". 
To those called out of this present evil world, saved by the Lord Jesus, turned from idols to the true and living God, delivered from "the wrath to come"...
Wait. Wait for the Son from heaven. 
DWD
October 29th, 2016.

1 comment:

  1. "What varied thoughts and feelings are awakened in the soul by the very sound of the word "Christendom"! It is a terrible word. It brings before us, at once, that vast mass of baptized profession which calls itself the Church of God, but is not; which calls itself Christianity, but is not. Christendom is dark and a dreadful anomaly. It is neither one thing nor the other. It is not "the Jew or the Gentile, or the Church of God." It is a corrupt mysterious mixture, a spiritual malformation, the masterpiece of Satan, the corrupter of the truth of God, and the destroyer of the souls of men, a trap, a snare, a stumbling-block, the darkest moral blot in the universe of God. It is the corruption of the very best thing, and therefore the very worst of corruptions. It is that thing which Satan has made of professing Christianity. It is worse, by far, than Judaism; worse by far than all the darkest forms of paganism, because it has higher light and richer privileges, makes the very highest profession, and occupies the very loftiest platform. Finally, it is that awful apostasy for which is reserved the very heaviest judgments of God — the most bitter dregs in the cup of His righteous wrath.
    True it is, blessed be God, there are a few names even in Christendom who, through grace, have not defiled their garments. There are some brilliant embers amid the smouldering ashes — precious stones amid the terrible débris. But as to the mass of Christian profession to which the term Christendom applies, nothing can be more appalling, whether we think of its present condition or its future destiny. We doubt if Christians generally have anything like an adequate sense of the true character and inevitable doom of that which surrounds them. If they had it would solemnize their minds, and cause them to feel the urgent need of standing apart, in holy separation, from Christendom's ways, and distinct testimony against its spirit and principles." - C.H. Mackintosh on "Chistendom" (1898).

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